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Hometown history lesson

Posted August 22, 2011 10:07 a.m. EDT
Updated August 22, 2011 10:10 a.m. EDT

It’s back to school week. We’re reaching out to our students on Hometown Hello with a daily history lesson at 7:10 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. in WRAL News on Fox 50. Each morning we are highlighting towns where major historical events happened in our state. Tell me what you think of the following list. What towns should be included next week as we continue our Hometown History Lesson? Thanks for your input!



-England’s first New World settlement 1584-1590

-The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama

-The Elizabethan Gardens

-Home of Elizabeth II – sailing ship



Kill Devil Hills

-Wright Brothers National Memorial

-first flight in 1903

-wind almost always blows here

-place of soft landings




-Reed Gold Mine

-1st documented gold discovery in US

-students can visit the mine

-Where 12 year old Conrad Reed discovered 17 lb. gold rock



Kings Mountain

-Overmountain Men & other Patriot troops defeated British in 1780

-Turning point of Revolutionary War in the South

-battle lasted just over an hour

-British commander Patrick Ferguson was killed




-Bennett Place farm

-scene of largest Confederate surrender in Civil War

-April 26, 1865

-surrender came 17 days after Appomattox Courthouse surrender in VA.